I have been interested in self tanner for years since every time I de-hair my legs, everything looks worse with ingrown hairs and pores…and I believed that tanning my legs would minimize their appearance. Now that the sun is out pretty much everyday and I want to look smashing in shorts, an easy, no fuss tan would be so beneficial. Instead of spending the big bucks for the self tanners at Sephora, Jergens has some pretty affordable options with their Natural Glow line.
Jergens Natural Glow Colour Primer
Even if you don’t ever plan to tan, just use this as an exfoliator for the most wonderful smelling legs, even if you’re the only one who will be sniffing them. The Colour Primer is a scrub that “resurfaces and primes to prepare for streak-free colour.” Honestly, I can’t really see if it really did leave me a streak free colour, or that the +Firming Daily Moisturizer already did the trick. Nevertheless, the scrub works amazing as an exfoliator on its own. It is also so sparkly, I wish it left a glow like that on my skin. The Colour Primer left my skin feeling smooth and the smell is heavenly; it kind of reminds me of shampoo but in a good way? The best way to use if is to scrub once a week before tanning.
Jergens Natural Glow +Firming Daily Moisturizer
The +Firming Daily Moisturizer creates a natural looking tan gradually. It can also reduce the appearance of cellulite as little as 7 days, though I can’t give any evidence of this. It should create a light tan in several days and of course, you’ll be tanner you use it everyday for a week. The moisturizer is pretty thick and it does have that “tan” fragrance which I’m not too fond of, so I have been mixing it with a bit of the Jergens Shea Beauty Oil. I noticed a change in my skin tone after using this for a week (scroll down to the bottom for a picture!)
The one I uses is for Fair to Medium skin tone. I used this only on my legs, which are are on the fair side and the colour warmed up a bit. I am TERRIBLE with self tanners (and I’ll never try a tanning bed.) I never get even application with a self tanner, even when I use those mitts and stuff like St. Tropez. I end up looking like a person who dipped her legs in orangey-brown liquid and dried unevenly. The +Firming Daily Moisturizer helps make the tan look even. I just didn’t find this moisturizer hydrating enough on its own, mixing it with the beauty oil was a good idea *pat myself on the back!*
Jergens Natural Glow Tan Extender
The Tan Extender is more hydrating than the +Firming Daily Moisturizer and smells better too! The cream has is slightly tinted and is used to maintain the tan. I haven’t noticed me legs fading yet, but I’m not entirely sure if the tan extender has anything to do with it or maybe it’s just my body. My tan isn’t intense enough to tell. Nevertheless, I like using this as a moisturizer for my body after a shower!
Here is the comparison shot of before +Firming Daily Moisturizer vs after using it. The top picture is the pre-tan shot. The lighting is a bit different since I shot these are different times of the days, but my legs did get a bit darker. (And omg, I have so many pores/ingrown hair on my legs, I’m open to any suggestions on fixing that! Exfoliating seems to be never enough for me!)
Overall- the gradual tan +Firming Daily Moisturizer works. This is easy to use and easy to maintain if the Tan Extender does work for you. Plus the Natural Glow Colour Primer is handy to use in conjunction with the other products and you get a nice, fragrant exfoliation too.
Do you like to tan? Natural or self tanners?
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Disclaimer: Press Sample provided, all opinions are my own.